01/ Knit ABCs.
02/ Make your own sparkling cider.
03/ Reinvented cereal characters.
04/ An amazing one person seesaw chair.
05/ A DIY mattress!
06/ Pretty sugar placebo pills.
07/ When toilet paper isn’t used in the toilet amazing things happen.
08/ Super smart spool with built-in needle holder.
09/ Beautiful tulle portraits.
10/ An inflatable trampoline bridge in Paris!
01/ The Growth Table.
02/ The Hip Hop Family Tree. For reference.
03/ Little dogs have all the luck – no longer, check out the Big Dog Purse!
04/ Tiger from Hello Wood 2012 Art Camp.
05/ The Hipster Starter Kit, for real or for Halloween.
06/ Scary Beautiful reverse-designed high heels.
07/ The Litter Bug Series, made from found objects.
08/ Movie Floor Plans explore the spatial dynamics in movies.
09/ High speed photos of food exploding.
10/ Check out the Chameleon Clock App!
Join is a collection of three room dividers by BCXSY. The pieces were crafted in the form of Tategu, a traditional craft of Japanese wood joinery. The two lined frames that merge visually in each divider are created using angles that are not inherit to the form, adding a distinctively interesting visual element. Beautiful work. (via Present&Correct)
01/ Why Tea Is So Very Magical.
02/ World’s Best Father!
03/ NYC’s Hamburger Alley all mapped out.
04/ Love these Bad Girls Throughout History postcards.
05/ Bath Boat!
06/ Wonderful Life with the Elements, an illustrated book about chemistry.
07/ This glass sculpture looks like cotton candy.
08/ Geometric painted walls.
09/ Tree Ring Lights.
10/ What do you measure? Measuring the Universe.
01/ Planet lollipops!
02/ Wood Idol – limited edition, hand-painted, wooden toys.
03/ A (Drinking) Game of Thrones.
04/ Gorgeous bird paintings.
05/ The $9 cardboard bicycle.
06/ A cloud? Nope, 6,000 lightbulbs.
07/ Swing Table would definitely make a meeting or dinner more fun!
08/ iFamily stickers for us Apple geeks.
09/ Knitted Yoga Balls – yay or nay?
10/ Inflatable metal furniture.
I love that feeling of falling head over heels for a brand. A company that has their shit together on all levels, and who are nothing less than a pleasure to work with. That’s Plywerk. I started talking to Garrett about a collaboration on my gallery wall tutorial about three months ago. His attention to detail and premeditating problems was a step above, and his excitement for the project was beyond cool. These were my thoughts before I ever laid eyes on Plywerk’s bamboo frames. Afterwards I basically lost the ability to describe my love for these Portlanders and their product.
I swear I could have hung the blanks on my wall as art in their own right, the sustainable wood is some of the prettiest I’ve ever seen. It’s easy to see which ones they are, I love the dimension they lend to my gallery wall. And they’re just as nice to look at in profile as straight on. Seriously, compliments one after another on these bad boys.
I used blanks with adhesive, but that’s not their biggest and best product. Plywerk actually prints your photo or image onto the panels themselves. Crazy, right? You can read more about both option right here. It was such a great adventure getting to work with these guys, they definitely have the Design Crush seal of approval!
This is not a sponsored post.
Creating a gallery wall can be really intimidating. I know it was for me. The first time I made an attempt was a few years ago, and can only be described as comically sad. I tried to do it freeform, without a plan. Just nailing and hanging as I went. The wall I used wasn’t big enough, or a good location. Just all wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong.
A few months ago I was chatting with my friend Natasha, who works with Minted. It just so happened that they were planning on releasing their first ever limited edition and custom print art collection and we decided to collaborate on this little how-to guide. Several of the pieces I used are from Minted, as well as a few from other sponsors, and quite a few I previously owned. I’ll share where everything came from and where you can get it at the end.
A large central wall works best for a gallery wall. You want it to be a focal point, not a side thought. I chose the space over my couch. You’ll want to visually divide your wall into quadrants. Your art can then either be built off of the horizontal line, the vertical line, or both. I went with the last option.
After choosing the artwork from Minted, I went about filling in the spaces. I knew that wanted a variety of sizes and mediums. Illustration, painting, photography, etc. I was so excited to pull out pieces that I’d never found the perfect spot for before! Next I nerded out and hopped on my laptop to lay it all out. You can do the same, or print out thumbnails and play with arranging the pieces that way. Whatever works for you, just remember the goal is to have a plan.
I didn’t want the end result to feel flat, so I chose frames of varying depths. The majority are from Plywerk and are 3/4″ bamboo platform frames that I adhered my art to. One is a printed canvas from Thumbtack Press. Everything else I framed in simple glass frames or adhered to the wall with black and white striped washi tape.
I used contractor’s paper (you can get it at any hardware store) to lay things out on the wall. This step is a little time consuming, but you’ll thank me later. Measure all of the frames you plan on using, then cut out paper accordingly. It also helps to label each piece of paper as you go with the art it’s representing. Then working off of your axis (vertical, horizontal, or both) to begin laying out your gallery wall. Try and keep the margins between pieces the same, I went with an inch. Once your paper is taped up you’re going to go ahead and hammer in your nails. Go back to your frames, measure horizontally and vertically where it hits to hang from the nail. Mark it with a pen or pencil on the paper you’ve hung and hammer away, right through the paper. Fun, right?
You’re so close! Rip off the paper and hang your frames. Fine tune anything that’s acting up, but remember that the point is not for things to be perfect. Things are going to adjust themselves according to how your home sits, etc. And tada, you’re done! Not so difficult, right?
1 painting by Erin Cooper/Pippin & Pearl
4 After the Heist by Patrick Leger from Thumbtack Press (Sponsor)
Thumbtack Press is like a nebulous cloud of rapidly changing art matter. Picture trillions of creatively charged particles smashing into each other, exploding, fusing together, spinning – everything moving, moving, moving. TTP exists to foster that nebulous cloud. They help it grow by injecting new particles and catalysts, always dedicated towards the creation of something that’ll push the cloud of art matter forwards. Of course, they’re also an online store where open edition prints by top illustration, lowbrow, and character artists from all over the world are sold.
8 vintage Pittsburgh map
20 Be Nice Or Leave letterpress by Louella Press (no longer sold)
Disclaimer: All Minted prints, Plywerk frames, and Thumbtack Press canvas provided in kind.
I’m mildly obsessed with this boxed collection of the entire set of the International Code of Signals, all depicted as wooden flags. A seriously good gift for the sailor at heart.
Wooden bracelets from Gustav Reyes that would surely feel like a mini art installation each and every time you wore one on your wrist. Painfully beautiful.
Anyone else notice that birds seem to get the best houses? Love these modern structures from burdhaus, designed by Nathan Danials.